Watch Jaane Tu... with your friends!
Jaane Tu...Ya Jaane Na is one of the eagerly awaited films of the year and it does not disappoint you at all. Keeping in mind all the hype around it, it shows that the producers and publicists have done their job, because they had a good product with them.
Jai (Imran) and Aditi (Genelia) are inseparable best friends in college (like SRK-Kajol in KKHH). But they deny any romantic liaison between them. They are a part of a group of six (like FRIENDS), who hang out together. Once the college ends, their parents ask them about marriage, but to put an end to all speculation on their supposed romance, Jai and Aditi decide to find a suitable match for each other. Jai meets Meghna (Manjiri) first, and starts spending time with her, thus ignoring the group. Aditi mainly feels left out and soon finds herself a boyfriend, Sushant (Ayaz Khan) (reminds of Ayub Khan in Dil Chahta Hai).
How Jai and Aditi realise that their love is just beyond friendship is what the rest of the story is about.
Abbas Tyrewala, with his experience (Maqbool, Main Hoon Na, Munnabhai MBBS) comes up with a smart script and great moments. Some off them are borrowed from films, TV, Indian film music (including the title Jaane Tu... from an evergreen Kishore Kumar - R. D. Burman number in Manmohan Desai's Aa Gale Lag Ja) will keep movie buffs connecting to classics;
e.g. Ratna Pathak Shah refers of threatening to jump off from the Teesri Manzil of a haveli (Teesri Manzil being a cult movie from Nasir Hussain, Imran's nana, who the film is dedicated to and Shammi Kapoor, who has been Jaane Tu's special Godfather), and an already dead Naseeruddin Shah talks to wife Ratna from his portrait (TV sitcom Hum Paanch / Kader Khan father-son comedy in Ghar Ho To Aisi)
Abbas has also managed to bring out great performances from the supporting (and fresh) cast, be it the young brigade or the seasoned, but less seen (Jayant Kripalini and Anuradha Patel), as well as great cameos (Naseeruddin Shah, Paresh Rawal, Arbaaz and Sohail, Rajat Kapoor and Kittu Gidwani).
Abbas creates great moments, in simple scenes and also engages the viewers with the script (refer to how Jai becomes a Ranjhore Rathod). The climax is in the airport is done to death and is a bit let down (refer Dil / Aashiqui / Love Actually). Do wonder what Arbaaz and Sohail are trying to do, and be pleasantly suprised at the end.
Imran comes up with a very honest performance, with no overacting. He is as good as Aamir in QSQT, and I hope he can remain honest to all his characters in his upcoming films. Genelia suits the role, and performs well too. However, she is no Juhi Chawla as yet. Smita Patil-Raj Babbar's son Pratiek excels in his short and complex character. Ayaz and Manjiri are competent in their roles.
As expected A. R. Rahman's songs are well placed and well picturised. Technically the film is good.
The film should do great with the youth and the multiplex audiences. It will remind all the elders of their college days and the golden time spent with friends. There is repeat value for this feel good film.
Watch it with your friends!
3.5 / 5